Surrey Ramblers

Area walk leader training 2017



Following our successful leaders training courses over recent years, Surrey Area is running more leaders’ training courses in 2017. The Area courses will be held at Wotton, near Dorking, with the same trainers who have generously offered their time again this year. The training comprises a morning session on leadership, walk planning, map reading, basic compass work, and an introduction to GPS and computer mapping, followed by an afternoon outdoor practical session.

The courses are open to any Surrey Ramblers members with the aim of encouraging new walk leaders, and therefore more walks. There is however no obligation to attend a course before you start leading; or there may be schemes within your own local groups that support you in leading. Our aim is to foster confidence in those who are new to leading, or wish to learn more about navigation. The day also covers ways to go about planning a walk, and provides the chance to exchange ideas with walkers from across the area.
Feedback from previous participants has been extremely positive. “All parts were absolutely fantastic. Going out walking and putting the theory in to practice was invaluable. Meeting people from other groups was an added extra great bonus.”
There is no charge. We ask participants to bring a copy of the local map (OS Explorer 146) and a compass. Refreshments are provided. The courses run between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm at Wotton Village Hall, where there is ample parking. There is a bus route along the A25 past the hall, Dorking is the nearest station. The courses this year will be on:

Saturday 20th May (fully booked) and Saturday 19th August 2017

To apply please use the application form in the Member’s section of the Area website giving your phone number, Ramblers group, course date preference, and, in one or two sentences, your reasons for applying. If you are not familiar with how to log-in one of your local committee members should be able to help.

The May course is fully booked, but as at 9 April there are spaces available for the August course. There is a limit of 16 places. Places will be allocated so as to enable access from all groups.

For enquiries please contact Fiona Spencer, course administrator, Mole Valley Ramblers, preferably by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      Mobile 07917 772333.

Feb 2017

Sunday, August 20, 2017